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Laura Gibbs
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Attended University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Ph.D.)
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Thanks to +Stefan P. Schmid and +David Amerland , great discussion going on HERE:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+StefanPSchmid/posts/hHq6RGnmYd4
I cannot share Stefan's comments on his share of David's post, but please go check it out: cats, memes, gamification, semantic density, code switching, learning, all kinds of goodness going on there! :-)
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Nifty share from +Robert Rambusch . Has anybody given this a whirl?
 
GitBook: Write books with Markdown + Git

An excellent open-source book generator with support for interactive code challenges.

http://www.gitbook.io/
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More like giving pizza chants. :-)
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Today's #LatinLOLCat  offers lofty advice!
Alta pete.
Seek lofty things.
Details at the blog post:
http://goproverbs.blogspot.com/2013/04/latin-lolcat-lofty.html
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MIRABILE VISU: a smart software decision from Coursera!!!
quote a new version of their platform that will support on-demand courses
Did I really type the words "smart" and "Coursera" in the same sentence...? Wonders never cease...
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I always enjoy John Warner's blog over at Inside Higher Ed, and I really liked today's post in particular - it's about the "face crumble" ... and at least at my school, the end of semester tension and stress is palpable, even if I'm not seeing the actual face crumble as John describes it. Here's the comment I left there:
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John, I enjoy your blog so much (it is a must-read for me), but I don't think I have ever commented before. Today, though, I just had to comment to say THANK YOU for this article. I really appreciated what you said here. I teach mostly seniors, and even though I teach online, I am very aware of the face crumble. For example, one of the blog options in my classes is a kind of "how are things going" blog post, and while there are plenty of posts filled with good news and enthusiasms of all kinds, I also see students grappling with a combination of meaninglessness and urgency, not knowing quite why they are doing what they are doing in school but knowing that they have to get an A... or else... (the ellipses stand for a whole range of fears, some real, some imagined). I'm not sure if I see this as significantly worse than when I started teaching 15 years ago; in any case, it is something I have always worried about, and I try to design my classes to be as low-stress as possible, even though they are a lot of work (like you, I teach writing). Since a huge amount of that stress is focused on grades and grading, I share my thoughts about grading and school with the students at the beginning of the semester here: http://onlinecourselady.pbwork...

While I would far prefer just to be giving P/NP grades, I've done the best I can to remove the grading pressure from the class, while still having high expectations for my students as learners. As LEARNERS - not as "gradees" so to speak.

So, thanks again for this article - and I think one of the most important things that we can do is exactly what you have done here: speak up for the students and voice our concerns since, all too often, we fail to ask the students how we are really doing in our "higher ed" efforts.
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Oh oh oh, a MUST for class announcements.
 
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And +Erin Testman, would you please pass this along to +Matt Cruea?  He might like this.
Dmitri Mendeleev might have designed the original periodic table – a graphic representation of all the basic building blocks of the universe – but artist James Harris has done something way cool with that template -- the Periodic Table of Storytelling. That’s right.
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And here is the #DailyProverbPoster   - the proverb is Armenian:
If my heart be narrow, what avail to me that the world is large?
Details:
http://goproverbs.blogspot.com/2013/04/poster-my-heart-and-world.html
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That is the great Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers (Qalaat el Hosn) under fire. It is just one of many places I visited in Syria some years ago: the human cost and the cultural cost of this war is staggering. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krak_des_Chevaliers
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HOT CROSS BUNS (and their folklore) in the class announcements for today, Good Friday:
http://ouclassannouncements.blogspot.com/2014/04/friday-april-18.html
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I've been feeling hot-cross-bun-deprived all day long! :-)
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Oh, I love this meme that a student shared in a blog post today (he was writing about his college writing experiences, a mixture of good and bad as you can guess from the meme).
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Right, we have to take care of the Emperator. May the force be with us 
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Dedicatedly digital... teaching online for 10+ years. :-)
Introduction
I'm an online instructor at the University of Oklahoma with a long-standing interest in Aesop's fables! You can see my online courses - Mythology-Folklore & Indian Epics - at MythFolklore.net, and I blog every other day at the Bestiaria Latina.

During the summertime, I try to get some writing done. These are my books:
About the fox avatar: I use different fox images for my online avatar (sometimes a cartoon fox like Fox in Socks, or real foxes, like this one) - it's because the fox is the most important character in Aesop's fables... and the trickiest! :-)
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  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Oxford University (M.Phil.)
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